Ages 4 to 7--in both Spanish and English.
Following on the success of Sopa de frijoles/Bean Soup and Arroz con leche/Rice Pudding is Jorge Argueta’s third book in our bilingual cooking poem series--Guacamole--with very cute, imaginative illustrations by Margarita Sada.
Guacamole originated in Mexico with the Aztecs and has long been popular in North America, especially in recent years due to the many health benefits of avocados. This version of the recipe is easy to make, calling for just avocados, limes, cilantro and salt. A little girl chef dons her apron, singing and dancing around the kitchen as she shows us what to do. Argueta’s gift in seeing beauty, magic and fun in everything around him makes this book a treasure--avocados are like green precious stones, salt falls like rain, cilantro looks like a little tree and the spoon that scoops the avocado from its skin is like an excavating tractor.
As in the previous cooking poems, Guacamole conveys the fun and pleasure of making something delicious and healthy to eat for people you really love. A great book for families to enjoy together.
The avocados are waiting for me,
so big and green and beautiful.
I squeeze them gently with my hands and
can tell that they are soft and ripe,
with their shiny tender skin,
like leaves in my garden
after the rain.
I wash them in the fountain of the sink
and then, dancing and singing,
I put them on the red kitchen table.